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What is a proper oxygen level?

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A normal oxygen level, as determined through oximetry, is between 95 and 100 percent, UCSF Medical Center reports. A normal arterial oxygen pressure for an arterial blood gas study is 80 to 100 mmHg.

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Both the oximetry test and the arterial blood gas study determine the amount of oxygen saturation present in hemoglobin at the time of the test, according to WebMD.

Oximetry utilizes a device that is put on the tip of a finger, explains UCSF Medical Center. It uses two light sources, one red and one infrared, that transmit through the tissues to a detector on the other side. The amount of light absorbed by the hemoglobin allows the oximeter to calculate the oxygen level in the blood.

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